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Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 913
Gots: 180 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial porter brewed with coffee and honey and aged in bourbon barrels.

2011 vintage - 11% ABV

(Beer added by: s1ckboy on 11-20-2011)
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RMTWM, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Jones153, Jul 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

NHbeerguy, Jul 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

jamis, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

lorenwhite7, Jul 20, 2014
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SuperHop18, Jul 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Woody1180, Jul 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

mdeluna, Jul 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

caaam, Jul 15, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

NOTE: The problems here started early. Upon removing the bottle cap, there was no noise, no "pfft" of releasing carbonation, nothing...

A: Dark - essentially black - and opaque. Other than a few stray large bubbles that formed briefly on the top, there was no head, and no visible carbonation at all.

S: Here's where the bottle really shined. Bourbon, roasted sweet malts, dark fruit, candied raisins and plums, chocolate, leather, oak barrel tannins, and an overarching coffee aroma that still let the other notes have their places. Very nice.

T: Bourbon, roasted malts, and barrel in a nice balance. Sweetness from the bourbon and dark fruits, coffee and cacao. Some hop bitterness mixed in with the rich mocha hang.

M: Body seems thinner than the other Hill Farmstead porters I've had. Alcohol seems well-integrated into other flavors. But the big loser here is the complete lack of carbonation.

O: I feel like this could have been a sample of a beer pulled of the tank, and I would have said, "Wow, that's going to be a really good beer when it's finished." Unfortunately, this was what made it into this bottle. I'd love to give it another chance, and if so I will update these scores. But the total lack of carbonation killed the mouthfeel, and didn't let the flavors come through as they should have. I guess this may have been a bad bottle? But I'm very disappointed.

macrosmatic, Jul 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

farnold, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

hopkrid, Jul 13, 2014
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rollom, Jul 12, 2014
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tommyguz, Jul 11, 2014
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DerrickW, Jul 07, 2014
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Prospero, Jul 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

layinbrix, Jul 06, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz (?) bottle split 2 ways with BA morningthief.

Appearance: Pours black with a tan head and leaves a wall of lacing.

Smell: Coffee and some boozy malt notes.

Taste: Excellent. Coffee, raisin, bourbon soaked brownies, thin mints. I'm not a huge fan of the base beer, but the time in a bourbon barrel did the requisite magic.

Mouthfeel: Soft and creamy. Full side of medium bodied. No dryness, but still excellent.

Overall: Another great Hill Farmstead BBA beer. They're as good or better than Firestone Walker or Goose Island or Fifty/Fifty or the Bruery with barrel aging.

What's there to say? Lots of thin mint, dark fruit, coffee, vanilla. It's an excellent beer.

Pahn, Jul 06, 2014
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HoppyBastard2, Jul 02, 2014
Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.